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Local man surprised 10-year-old boy with brain cancer by doing a Corvette parade

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - A 10-year-old boy with brain cancer and a local Fort Wayne man have known each other for over a year now after the man noticed the boy in front of his 1955 Chevy truck at a car show in a local newspaper.

10-year-old Kyler Drenning was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer when he was four years old. 

Most people don't live past nine months to a year when diagnosed. 

It all started a year ago when Sam Collins saw the boy admiring his truck, he knew he wanted to do something special for Kyler. 

"I took the time to find this young man and this last year has been awesome, spend a little time with him," Collins said. 

He also says he's so grateful he could do something like this. 

"It feels good that I'm doing something for somebody else that other people can't do,” Collins said. “I never thought the truck I have would ever impact someone like this." 

Kyler's mom Kelly said the support for Kyler is overwhelming. 

"Fort Wayne has showed him the support and love that's here,” she said. “It's nice to see the community coming together for something good instead of the bad." 

Drenning also says Collins is wonderful and cares for Kyler so much. 

"He lets Kyler play with it, honk his horn and stuff,” she said. “We're trying to work on him getting a ride in it, so that's our next goal for Sam and Kyler." 

Kyler didn't know anything about the parade and Drenning says she's happy it all worked out. 

"He was stunned,” Kyler’s mom said. “Once again he was in awe because he knows it was for him and it shows the love and kindness of people." 

Kyler is still getting treatment for his brain cancer at St. Jude as he's battled this now for six years. 

And to note, Kyler will turn 11 in November. 

Vince Lovergine

Vince Lovergine joined the WPTA team August 2020 as a multimedia journalist.

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